Dhaka, Nov 18 (UNB) – BNP on Sunday submitted a list of cases filed against its leaders and workers to Chief Election Commissioner KM Nurul Huda.
A BNP leader, Salauddin Khan, submitted the list attached with a letter signed by BNP Secretary General Fakhrul Islam Alamgir to the CEC’s office in the city’s Agargaon area in the morning.
According to the list, the total cases filed during January 2018 to November 14, 2018 is 4,429, while the total number of accused is 4,34,975 with 1,09,441 named and 3,25,534 unnamed accused. Of the accused, the number of arrestees is 10,472 ones.
Some 773 BNP leaders and workers were arrested after the Commission announced the election schedule on November 8, the letter says.
Among the cases, BNP earlier submitted two lists of some 2,048 cases to the Prime Minister’s Office on November 6 and November 13 after the two rounds of talks held between Jatiya Oikyafront and Awami League-led 14-party alliance at Ganobhaban in the city.
In the letter to the CEC, BNP said they were not informed whether the cases were withdrawn and arrested leaders and workers released after the submission of their lists of the cases to the Prime Minister.
In the letter, BNP requested the CEC to relieve its leaders and workers from the cases and immediately stop their arrest.
It further said thousands of false, fabricated, peculiar, baseless, fictitious and politically motivated cases were filed against its central unit and different grassroots units’ leaders across the country after Awami League came to power in 2009.
The letter said law enforcement agencies kept arresting BNP leaders and activists filing false and fictitious cases against them across the country since September 1 ahead of the next parliamentary polls.
Even the names of dead, ailing and maimed persons, hajj pilgrims, and persons staying abroad were accused in the fictitious cases, the letter reads further.
Dhaka, Nov 18 (UNB) – Election Commissioner Rafiqul Islam on Sunday said the Election Commission did not give any directive to law enforcement agencies to gather information of probable presiding officers and assistant presiding officers.
“However, the Commission has given necessary directives to law enforcement agencies not to harass any probable polling officers in this regard,” he said while talking to reporters at his Nirbachan Bhaban office.
Replying to a question over BNP’s list of the politically-motivated cases submitted to the EC on Sunday, Rafiqul said the Commission will scrutinise the list and then give directives to police not to harass anyone in such cases.
“If there’re such cases, it’ll destroy the polls environment,” he said over the BNP allegation of their leaders and workers being arrested in false, fabricated and fictitious cases ahead of the election.
In reply to another question over Awami League General Secretary’s allegation over BNP acting Chairman Tarique Rahman, the Election Commissioner said if anyone comes up with evidence and law permits the Commission will take steps against the BNP leader over his reported video conversation with his party’s nomination seekers.
Rafiqul Islam said the Commission will take legal actions against the people concerned if the election campaign materials are not removed by Sunday midnight.
Dhaka, Nov 18 (UNB) – Road Transport and Bridges Minister Obaidul Qauder on Sunday drew the attention of the Election Commissioner to taking interview of BNP nomination seekers by its acting chairperson Tarique Rahman through a videoconference.
“We’re drawing the Election Commission’s attention whether a fugitive convict in two cases can join election procedures,” he said while talking to reporters at the Secretariat.
Quader, also the general secretary of Awami League, said, “I would like to tell the nation whether a fugitive convict can give such a statement. We want justice from the nation.”
About their nominations of the ruling alliance, he said the list of candidates nominated by the AL-led 14-party alliance will be announced within 4-5 days as the list at its final stage.
Responding to a question, how many seats will be shared with the alliance parties, he said, “Our Prime Minister told us that 65-70 seats will be given to alliance parties. If there’re more winnable candidates, the number might be raised through discussions.”
In reply to another question, he said this election will be much fairer than previous ones. “There was no election in the past which was hundred percent free and fair.“
In response to another question about the election manifestos of others, Quader said, “Alliance partners will publish their respective manifestoes. There’s a possibility that the Prime Minister herself will unveil the Awami League manifesto. But, the date is yet to be fixed.”
Dhaka, Nov 18 (UNB) – BNP has started interviewing its nomination hopefuls to finalise the candidates who will contest the 11th parliamentary elections with its tickets.
The party nomination board, comprising BNP standing committee members, started the interview with those who bought party nomination forms for Rangpur division’s Panchagar-1 constituency at BNP chairperson’s Gulshan office at 9:40am on Sunday.
BNP acting chairman Tarique Rahman joined the nomination board through videoconferencing and he is asking the aspirants various questions.
Talking to UNB, some aspirants said Tarique mainly asked them about their popularity in their respective areas, BNP’s organisational strength and their contributions to the party.
He is also giving the party‘s nomination hopefuls guidelines about how they should mobilise public support and ensure the victory of the party in the election.
BNP secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir, standing committee members Khandaker Mosharraf Hossain, Moudud Ahmed, Jamiruddin Sircar, Rafiqul Islam Miah, Gayeshwar Chandra Roy, Abdul Moyeen Khan, Nazrul Islam Khan and Amir Kahosru Mahmud Chowdhury are present there in the nomination board.
The interview of the nomination seekers of Rajshahi division will also be taken today.
Later, the nomination board will interview the nomination hopefuls of Rajshahi division from 3pm.
The interview of Khunla division’s aspirants will start at 9am while that of Barishal division at 3pm on Monday.
The nomination board will start the interview of Chattogram division’s aspirants at 9am on Tuesday while that of Cumilla and Sylhet divisions from 3pm the same day.
The interview of Mymensingh division’s aspirants will start at 9am while that of Faridpur division at 3pm on Wednesday.
BNP sold 4,580 nomination papers among the aspirants who want to contest the 11th parliamentary elections with its tickets.
The 11th parliamentary elections will be held on December 30.
The last date for submission of nomination papers is November 28 instead of November 19.
Dhaka, Nov 17 (UNB) – President of Bikolpa Dhara Bangladesh (BDB) Badruddoza Chowdhury on Saturday warned that people will not forgive if any party tries to foil the election.
Speaking at a discussion at BDB’s Badda election office, he also urged the Election Commission to create a level-playing field by discharging their duties independently.
B Chowdhury, also the chairman of Juktafront, said his party did not make any alliance with those who betrayed the blood of martyrs of the Liberation War.
He accused Dr Kamal Hossain of forging an alliance with the anti-liberation forces. “They’ve recognised them (anti-liberation forces).
The BDB leader said they deeply respect and remember historic leaders Bangabandhu, Ziaur Rahman, Moulana Bhasani, Huseyn Shaheed Suhrawardy, Sher-e-Bangla AK Fazlul Huq and MAG Osmani.
He bemoaned that no other parties mention the names of these leaders in their election manifestos.
At the programme, Sunamganj district BNP ex-general secretary Dr Rafiqul Islam Chowdhury formally joined BDB.